Distance: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1100 feet
Time: 2.5 hours maximum
Scrambling: Class 3 (Requires the use of both hands and feet)
Fear Factor: Medium if you're afraid of heights
Grand Staircase is a fun 1100 foot climb up the sandstone face of the Calico Hills overlooking Red Spring Picnic Area in Calico Basin. From the top, we'll enjoy beautiful views of both Red Rock Canyon and the Las Vegas valley. After relaxing at the summit we'll descend via a non-traditional backside route into Red Rock Canyon. Upon reaching the canyon floor we'll follow a trail which loops counter-clockwise around the base of the mountain and back to our cars.
The initial climb to the summit is VERY strenuous and requires the use of both hands and feet (class 3). Exposure will be minimal although serious injury is always a possibility. The descent involves a higher degree of exposure and danger. Nonetheless, beginners are welcome if you're relatively fit and don't have an overwhelming fear of heights.
You'll burn LOTS of calories on the way up so be sure to bring a liter of water and snacks. Gloves are helpful to help protect your hands but are not required. Several outhouses are available at the picnic area. Come join us for a fun morning with a slight element of danger. The temperature should be in the 60's for our Saturday morning hike with lots of sunshine. Be sure to dress in layers. Don't forget your hat and sunscreen.
Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.